Goesinnen does the double while Edmondson wins Shipwreck
Floris Goesinnen has done the double, taking out the Melbourne to Warrnambool and the Shipwreck Coast.
Goesinnen broke away solo from a leading break within the final five kilometers to take his second win for the weekend over teammate Rhys Pollock second and Alex Ray (Campolina) third.
In the women’s Subaru National Road Series Shipwreck Coast, it was Olympian Annette Edmondson (SASI) who won a bunch sprint over Rebecca Wiasak (Suzuki/Trek) second and series leader Ruth Corset (Pensar Hawk).
“The race worked perfectly for the SASI team, it was a bit of a slower race which worked out perfectly for me as a sprinter and we had a good train there at the end,” Edmondson said.
Edmondson pipped Wiasak at the post for line honours, something which Wiasak was very disappointed.
“I’ve only ever win time trials and prologue’s and the win in a road race or criterium has just eluded me so far which is so frustrating. I knew the course suited me perfectly,” Wiasak said.
“I had fresh legs and was really confident coming into the sprint but I got boxed in. I saw an opening about a kilometre out and my coach said it was the longest sprint in history,” she said.
The two girls will soon be training together for the Track National Championships.
“She is a pretty good teammate to have on side. After the Tour of the Goldfields in Ballart I will focus on the track and on the teams pursuit,” Wiasak said.
Edmondson’s win is fresh off her bronze medal in the women’s Omnium at the 2012 London Olympics, something which she says hasn’t distracted her from her next goals.
“It’s been a very exciting year for me that’s for sure but you can’t celebrate the whole time – there is a job to do with another Olympic games in four years,” Edmondson said.
The women’s race saw a number of solo attacks, the first major move at the 50 kilometre mark with Heidi Buntrock (Saint Kilda Cycling Club) gaining a gap on the field.
Buntrock worked hard over the undulating course and was soon joined by Ailie McDonald (Suzuki/Trek), the two women establishing a 55second break.
Buntrock didn’t have the legs over the first Queen of the Mountain and after 70 kilometres and was absorbed by the peloton while McDonald rode solo for a further seven kilometers.
By the 90 kilometre mark it was Megan Bagworth’s (Boss/Nutrixion) turn to lead the bunch. The peloton dangled her in front for 16 kilometres before coming together again, only to see teammate Sarah Roy try her hand at a breakaway.
The peloton came together for the final 10 kilometers allowing SASI to lead out Edmondson to take out the bunch sprint.
In the men’s race it was one-day-wonder Floris Goesinnen who made it two from two for the weekend.
The 28-year-old rode solo to claim line honours in the Shipwreck Coast, the Dutchman riding high after Saturday’s win in the Melbourne to Warrnambool.
“I am pretty proud of myself to win both races this weekend. It wasn’t something I knew was going to happen but I am obviously in good form.”
“I didn’t expect to win again but when five of us went up the road and I was with Rhys I knew I had pretty good odds to finish it off,” he said.
Goesinnen said the 261 kilometre Melbourne to Warrnambool had taken its toll on the peloton’s legs.
“I feel pretty good because when you win you’re not tired but it took a few coffee’s before I got going this morning,” Goesinnen said.
“When we started this morning it was like everybody already had 100km in the legs. With the seven hours of racing yesterday it felt like another 200km classic,” he said.
The men’s race was aggressive from the start with all teams keen to get into a break early.
A dangerous break eventually established which saw Drapac, Genesys Wealth, Budget Forklifts, GPM Wilson all represented.
The group of 15 managed to established around a two minute break and with no major teams needing to chase, the peloton sat back.
The final 30 kilometres prompted riders in the lead bunch to begin attacking and with 20 kilometres left to race, a group of five riders succeeded.
Floris Goesinnen, Rhys Pollack (Drapac), Alex Ray (Campolina), Jay Bourke (John West) and Sam Rutherford (GPM Wilson) rode away and quickly established a one minute advantage.
In the end it was Goesinnen who backed himself to again split the bunch, attacking with five kilometres left to race, ensuring he would again cross the line solo.
The final 2012 Subaru National Road Series race for the women is the Tour of the Goldfields in Ballarat from October 19-21.
The men’s final event is the Grafton to Inverell one-day classic on October 27.